With the Marvel Cinematic Universe taking a turn into the mystical this year with Doctor Strange, the franchise’s small-screen counterpart has followed suit this season. So why is Ghost Rider the man to push Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to the next level?
We posed that question to the show’s stars at New York Comic Con, and Clark Gregg and the gang had some pretty good points for why the time is right for Robbie Reyes. Gregg said this new season has him “stoked” (his word, not ours) over where the story is heading next, and touched on his excitement over pushing the boundaries of adding magic and the occult into a series that has typically leaned into the science fiction side of that spectrum.
The series’ newest addition, Gabriel Luna (who plays Robbie Reyes/Ghost Rider) also opened up about how his character fits into the S.H.I.E.L.D. family. Fans have already gleaned there’s a bit more to the character of Robbie than meets the eye (which is why they opted for this version of the Rider), and producer Jeph Loeb noted it's just the next step in the story of this makeshift “family.”
The gang also talks about how the series will (or will not) cross over with the big-screen tale in Doctor Strange, and how the shift to a later timeslot allows them a bit more freedom to tell some darker stories through the Marvel lens (namely: less clothes and more blood).
Check out the interviews below and let us know what you think: